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Golf and Bora get PD 130 engine

Wed, 20 Jun 2001
VAG's 130 TDI PD engine, is to replace the 115 TDI PD in Golf Hatch and Estate and Bora models for all new production. No decision has been reached about UK imports of the TDI PD 150. The PD 130 engine offers considerable advantages in of power and torque over the PD 115, and commands a small price premium of £275 over the outgoing models.

The 1.9-litre 130 bhp TDI PD unit uses the same 'Pumpe Düse'(PD) or 'unit injector' technology as the 115 bhp engine. Torque increases from 210 to 228 lbs ft, still at a low 1900 rpm. The Golf GT TDI PD, gets from 0-60 mph in 9.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 127 mph.

The Golf GT TDI PD 130 not only returns 52.3 mpg on the combined cycle, but emits a mere 146 g/km of carbon dioxide. This places it in the DVLA's lowest diesel band A and means it qualifies for £110pa VED. From April 2002 it will also fall into the lowest diesel company car tax band. The 130 TDI PD engine features a six-speed manual gearbox, and in the Golf Estate and Bora, is also available with the option of a five speed Tiptronic automatic.

To handle the extra power the PD unit has been greatly altered. Injectors are modified to increase the speed with which fuel enters the combustion chamber and the geometry of the injector apertures has also been changed. This reduces particulate emissions by 25 per cent in comparison with conventional injectors. Exhaust gas recirculation brings a further reduction of particulate emissions and the exhaust gases are cleaned by a high performance oxidising catalytic converter.

The strength of the pistons, connecting rods, crankshaft and crankshaft case has also been uprated. The design changes to the pistons were the most far-reaching of the changes: they now feature an aluminium alloy with better heat-resistant properties, modified design and strengthened gudgeon pin. Modified dimensions of the connecting rod bearings and new piston cooling requirements made it necessary to increase the oil pump delivery rate by 25 per cent. The turbocharger's turbine and the compressor have also been heavily adapted to increase intake air supply.

The 90 bhp TDI unit remains available in all three models, while the 110 bhp TDI has been reintroduced, offering customers additional choice and a lower cost option. While the three-door Golf GT TDI PD 130 costs £16,055 on the road, the equivalent GT TDI 110 bhp costs £15,370 and the SE TDI 90 bhp (five-door only available) £15,085.

Specification on all models remains as before. The 130 bhp TDI PD engine is available in the Golf Hatch in three or five-door body styles; in S or SE trim in the Golf Estate; and in SE or Sport trim in the Bora.

The 100 bhp TDI PD unit which was introduced into the Passat in January is likely to become available in the Golf, Bora and New Beetle early in 2002. The 115 bhp TDI PD engine will remain on sale in the Sharan.

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